A high-speed chase ended in Greenbrier at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night when a vehicle police believe was driven by 24-year-old Charles Joseph “Bud” McGinty of 288 Highway 285, Damascus, crashed on Linder Road.
According to a Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a deputy observed a green 1991 Ford Thunderbird run a stop sign at Highway 65 and Brannon Road and turned on his lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle continued south and turned east onto Linder Road, where “the car was travelling approximately 100 mph in a 40 mph zone,” according to the report.
The driver and a female passenger bailed out of the moving vehicle at Snowden Circle in Greenbrier. The vehicle rolled into a yard and struck a lawn ornament.
McGinty was later located hiding under a bed inside a Snowden Circle home and was arrested on suspicion of first-degree fleeing, reckless driving and disregarding a traffic signal.
The female passenger was not located.
Also arrested was 31-year-old Christopher Lee Beaty of 20 Snowden Circle, who according to the report got the attention of deputies looking for McGinty when he yelled, “Someone ran into my home!” The report states that when a FCSO sergeant arrived, Beaty would not allow deputies to search the home and “told officers to go away (because) we had no reason to be here (and) that we needed to go on” and “started to yell at everyone on scene.” The report also states that Beaty was tased when he “started resisting and fighting” deputies attempting to handcuff him.
Beaty was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and obstructing government operations.
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